Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hours 1 minute and 40 seconds.

The 33-year-old's official time came in at two hours, one minute and 39 seconds to shave one minute and 18 seconds off Dennis Kimetto's old mark from 2014. "Eliud Kipchoge finishes with a new world record, that will be remembered for decades".

Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply wonderful and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark.

Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge's biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge.

He finished second in Berlin a few months later behind Wilson Kipsang, a fellow Kenyan who needed to set what was then a world record to outlast Kipchoge in the final miles.

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But the toast of the day belonged to Eliud, arguably the best marathoner to ever grace the sport.

All the world records came from the Berlin course. Sunday's marathon marked the first time in history that three women have broken 2:19 in the same race. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again. Ironically, it took a world record setting run by Kipsang in 2013 in Berlin to beat Kipchoge in what was just his second marathon since moving from the track.

"I'd said I was running my own course following my planning and I was confident".

With weather conditions flawless and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark. "The next is actually to run 2:02 so I have 2:00, 2:01, 2:02, 2:03, 2:04 and 2:05", Kipchoge joked after the race.

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